Wanderers Academy to play in Kashiwa Reysol Cup

The Western Sydney Wanderers Academy U14s squad will depart for Japan this Sunday to compete in the Kashiwa Reysol Cup.

The tournament run by Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol brings together some of the best football academies across Japan together to compete in a knock-out tournament.

The Wanderers Academy are the only club outside of Japan to be invited to the prestigious youth tournament.

The Red & Black will be taking on Omiya Ardija, Kyoto Sanga FC and Yokohama F. Marinos in Group B of the tournament.

Other groups will see Kashiwa Reysol FC, Mitsubishi Yowa, Gamba Osaka, Ehime FC, Urawa Red Diamonds, Vegalta Sendai, Cerezo Osaka, Shimizu S-Pulse, Nagoya Grampus, Alibrex Niigata, Vissel Kobe and Tokyo Verde compete in the opening stage of the tournament. 

The top teams of each group will then progress to the knock-out stage of the tournament.

The Wanderers Academy U14s will kick-off on Thursday 25 July against Omiya Ardija with Wanderers Academy Technical Director Ian Crook thanking Kashiwa Reysol for the invitation.

“I would firstly like to thank Kashiwa Reysol for the invitation to the prestigious youth tournament,” said Crook.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for our next generation of youngsters to compete against some of Japan’s best and we know it will be a huge learning opportunity for our players and staff.”